Painting Aluminum Siding
If you are thinking about a home improvement project, all your attention should not be consumed by the interior of the house. The outside of it also matters, as it is what gives people the first impression of your house. If you have aluminum siding covering the outside of your house, you should consider painting it. Usually, aluminum siding from the factory comes with its own coat of paint, but the disadvantage is that it does not last forever. With time it will wear out, and instead of running back to the company, you can simply paint it yourself. The process is simple and some vivid details about painting aluminum siding are given below.
The first step in this case is always assessment. You have to ensure that you understand the condition that your siding is in. If it is relatively new, then painting it should not be necessary. But should you happen to run your finger through it and notice some chalkiness, it definitely needs some painting. Chalkiness is the powdery substance that will adhere to your fingers. When painting aluminum siding, you have to ensure that you wash it all off, and scrub any paint that is flaking. This is easy, and can be done manually, or using a power washer, if you have the resource in hand.
After it’s all washed up, the next step is applying a primer, before you get to painting aluminum siding. This step isn’t always necessary, and it’s only encouraged on those sidings that have observant peeling. You have to be cautious about the kind of primer you go for, as you will need one that will last. A latex one is disastrous for an aluminum siding. A water based primer is good, but it lacks good adhesive properties. The best one has to be oil-based. Let it sit for a while for complete dryness.
The final part of painting aluminum siding is, well, the painting. Your choice of color will depend on your personal preferences. It is however advised that you go for a color that will not directly emphasize on any inconsistencies that are on the surface. The paint should be purely acrylic. You can paint the traditional way using a roller or a brush or a spray painter if it is at your disposal. The trick is in ensuring that you get an even coat of paint, which means applying repeated coats.
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